During rush hour on a packed train a man started rubbing himself on me. It took me a while to realize what was going on because I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt since we were packed into the Metro like sardines. But, every time that I moved away, he moved closer to me and kept rubbing himself on me. As soon as I realized what was happening I turned around and told him to stop. It took him by surprise and he did stop. I thought I had nipped the situation in the butt and decided not to report it because I didn’t think I would ever see this man again. This was about 2 weeks ago. Yesterday, he showed up on the Metro behind me again. I thought it was coincidence, but I turned around and looked him in the eye to make sure that he wouldn’t touch me again. He seemed nervous and did not touch me. But, he showed up behind me on the Metro again today. I became convinced that he is following me and I told Metro Police at the Pentagon. They advised me to tell the Metro Police tomorrow before I get on the train and they could have an undercover officer ride with me in case this man shows up again.
Submitted by HK
Location: Yellow Line b/w National Archives and Pentagon Stations
Time of harassment: Evening Rush Hour (3:30P-7:30P)
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